Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Gillian Anderson,
Rosamund Pike, Dominic West, Ben Miller,
Richard Schiff, Daniel Kaluuya
This time around, not only does Johnny have a
‘conscience’, but is a much more rounded character.
Yes, there is the slapstick for which Rowan Atkinson
is so well known, however, it slots so well into the plot.
For those who do not know how the lead character
came to be: Between 1992 and 1997, Rowan was
featured in a series of popular British credit card
commercials in which he played an accident-prone spy.
It was at that time he had the idea to create a feature
film based on the character from the advertisement...
thus the birth of Johnny English.
Now Johnny returns to the screens for the second
time and he’s just as hapless as the last, but as mentioned
above he takes responsibility for having ‘mucked up’
and has acquired skills of ‘mastering his mind’. Atkinson
adds: “I have always enjoyed playing him
[Johnny English], with his smugness and capacity to
overreach and to overestimate his skills. There is something
inherently amusing about him. I feel very comfortable
with all the characters I play, whether it’s Mr Bean or a
character like Johnny English. I slip back into them with
In his latest adventure, Johnny is re-instated as a member
of MI-17 tasked with preventing the assassination of the
Chinese premier. As he uncovers a dastardly plot involving
the CIA, KGB and MI-17 he discovers that the last incident
which resulted in his dismissal wasn’t really his fault at all.
There’s plenty for everyone from those who enjoy the
adventure, girls and gadgets akin to James Bond to the
bumbling, hilarious antics associated with Rowan Atkinson.
All-in-all a great trip to the cinema!